January 07, 2010
Cisco Demonstrates New Home Video Conferencing Application at CES 2010
By Marisa Torrieri, TMCnet Editor
If you had a hunch that video is the new killer app, Cisco might’ve just confirmed it this week at the Las Vegas 2010 CES (News - Alert) show.
On Wednesday the networking and now-established consumer video provider revealed plans to test of a home video conferencing service in the spring. This is the first extension of Cisco’s (News - Alert) video conferencing services to the home. Called “home telepresence,” the consumer video service uses existing HDTV and broadband connection to deliver a unique, natural video communication experience from the comfort of the living room.
This spring, Cisco will reportedly partner with Verizon (News - Alert) for the field trials in the United States, and with France Telecom in late 2010.
At CES, Cisco CEO John Chambers gave a demo of the home-based video conferencing system in progress. He used the home video system to talk with his wife, connect to a doctor and search for and connect with a potential tutor via a virtual “Marketplace,” according to reports.
Market research firm IDC (News - Alert) forecasts that in 2010 there will be 32 million U.S. households with the required broadband connection to support a high-quality home telepresence communication experience.
“Video is rapidly expanding from a lean-back experience confined to the living room, to a new breed of exciting video experiences available on any device or screen – anytime, anywhere,” said Ned Hooper, chief strategy officer and senior vice president, Consumer Business, Cisco. “The network is the platform to make this happen, and as a result, we are enabling new experiences that allow consumers to easily capture and share their lives and connect with the people and content that matter most to them.”
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Marisa Torrieri is a TMCnet Web editor, covering IP hardware and mobility, including IP phones, smartphones, fixed-mobile convergence and satellite technology. She also compiles and regularly contributes to TMCnet's gadgets and satellite e-Newsletters. To read more of Marisa's articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Marisa Torrieri